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Head Coach Noel Johnson


2012 Lone Star Conference Coach of the Year ♦ 2013 Texas Small College Coach of the Year

The Noel Johnson era enters its twelth season in 2019-20 following three-straight NCAA Division II South Central Regional berths from 2013-15 and a regional title game appearance during a historic run in 2012-13.

Johnson led the Mustangs to their first Lone Star Conference title in 12 years in 2012-13 while claiming their first NCAA Division II postseason victory with a 91-78 thrashing of league rival Tarleton State in the opening round of regional play in Grand Junction, Colorado, before falling in the title game to No. 4 Colorado Mesa, 69-65.

Led by Daktronics All-South Central Region First Team selection Andrea Carter and second-team pick Kirsti Degelia, MSU posted a single-season wins record on the way to a 26-6 mark, closing the season ranked 19th in the final USA Today Sports/WBCA Top 25. Carter went on to claim Daktronics/CoSIDA All-America Honorable Mention honors, the first all-American in the Johnson era.

The Texas Association of Basketball Coaches honored Johnson naming her Texas Small College Coach of the Year.

The Mustangs followed up the successful run by advancing to the South Central Regional with an 18-12 record in 2013-14. MSU pushed eventual NCAA Division II national runner-up West Texas A&M to the brink in the LSC Postseason Tournament semifinals by taking the Lady Buffs to overtime for the second time that season before falling to No. 4-ranked Colorado Mesa in the opening round at regionals.

In 2014-15, the Mustangs advanced to their third-straight NCAA Tournament, putting together a 12-game win streak from Nov. 18-Jan. 11 on their way to a program-best start of 13-1. MSU's postseason run would end in the opening round with a 67-57 defeat to Colorado Christian to end the season at 23-7.

Midwestern boasted multiple All-LSC First Team picks in Carter and Dianna Jones for the first time in Johnson's tenure with Carter also earning her third-straight all-region honor.

Four-year letterwinner Savannah Carver also became the first player to gain Daktronics All-South Central Region and All-LSC first-team honors and was joined by teammates Cierra Thompson and Kirsti Degelia who earned All-LSC honorable mention status.

Whitney Taylor has earned back to back All-LSC honorable mention status the past two seasons 2015-2017 under Coach Johnson's guidance. Kristin Rydell earned Academic All-LSC first team during the 2016-2017 season.

Johnson enjoyed a distinguished playing career at Texas Tech University from 1991-95 where she helped the Red Raiders to four-straight Southwest Conference championships, four NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearances and a national championship in 1993.

A native of west Texas, Johnson hails from Kelton and was born in nearby Shamrock. An accomplished prep athlete, she earned two letters at Nazareth High School where she helped the Swiftettes to a pair of Texas Class A state championships.

After completing her prep career, Johnson went on to earn All-Southwest Conference honors on three occasions and all-region honors once at Texas Tech.

In her time in Lubbock, she was voted to the all-time Lady Raider team at the final Southwest Conference tournament and became the school's all-time leader in 3-point percentage.

In addition to her success at Tech, Johnson will always be the Southwest Conference's most prolific 3-point shooter and was the first-ever recipient of the Jannine McHaney Award, an honor given by Texas Tech to the female athlete who most exemplifies classroom excellence, courage on the court and a commitment to excellence.

Johnson was named to the Texas Tech Hall of Honor in 2005.

She spent the 2007-08 season as an assistant coach at the University of North Texas where the Mean Green finished with a 14-18 mark including a 70-60 win over Midwestern State on Nov. 23, 2007 in Denton.

Prior to that, Johnson served nine seasons as associate head coach at Texas State University under Suzanne Fox where she was the recruiting coordinator. She played an integral role in the recruitment of 11 All-Southland Conference players, a player of the year, a freshman of the year and two Southland Conference newcomers of the year.

The Bobcats claimed a Southland Conference title in 2003 during her tenure in San Marcos.

Johnson graduated from Texas Tech in 1995 with a bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science degree with a minor in English. She went on to earn her master's degree in Education from Texas State in 2002.